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Political Fight Over Condolence Calls, Health Bill Addresses 'Bailout' Concerns

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:04am

Back and forth over Trump condolence calls escalates. A part of the health bill has to do with payments to insurance companies that are supposed to go to subsidizing coverage for low income customers.

Weeks After Maria, FEMA Still Distributing Basic Needs To Puerto Rico

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to FEMA coordinator Michael Byrne about the recovery effort in Puerto Rico as its governor is set to meet with President Trump. Byrne says more stores and gas stations are opening.

Morning News Brief: Puerto Rico, Senate Health Care Plan

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump welcomes the governor of Puerto Rico to the White House Thursday. A bipartisan bill in the Senate to help stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces is officially released on Thursday.

Administration Sends Mixed Signals On State Health Insurance Waivers

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:01am

When states applied for waivers from Obamacare rules to reduce premiums and strengthen their insurance markets, they didn't get the answers they wanted, prompting some to suggest a conspiracy.

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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:00pm

If a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against the president, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents — perhaps including tax returns.

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President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:19pm

The largest known theft of Social Security numbers in history has lawmakers, law enforcement and identity theft victims angry. They're calling for better security and other changes in the system.

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A Trump Golf Course Said It Gave Millions To Charity. Here's What The Numbers Say

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:41pm

Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, fell far short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving, according to an NPR analysis. The documents are no longer posted on the club's site.

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Understanding Mike Pence And His Relationship To Trump: 'His Public Role Is Fawning'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:42pm

Though President Trump ran as an outsider, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party.

Draft Of Health Care Bill Addresses Trump Concerns About 'Bailouts' For Insurers

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:47am

A draft of the bipartisan legislation obtained by NPR would restore subsidies to insurance companies to assist low-income consumers and require them to go to consumers as rebates.

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'Enough': California's Women in Politics Call Out Sexual Harassment

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:12am

"It's a power dynamic that's difficult even for female lawmakers," said Samantha Corbin, a lobbyist in Sacramento., "Men often control fundraising, your ability to get bills passed."

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Do Men Have It Easier? Your Politics Might Determine How You Answer

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:00am

Democrats were more than twice as likely as Republicans to say that the country hasn't gone far enough in achieving gender equality, according to a new survey from Pew.

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The Deal With Drug Czars

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:06am

Aside from having the coolest executive office title, what does a Drug Czar do anyway?

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Senators Grill Attorney General Sessions On Russia, Comey, 'Sanctuary Cities'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:00am

The attorney general testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday and defended his past comments to the panel about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:00am

All nine Democrats on the committee recently sent Sessions a letter essentially informing him that they expected him not to broadly assert executive privilege on the president's behalf again.

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Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump's Latest Travel Ban Attempt

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:22am

District Judge Theodore Chuang wrote, "This Preliminary Injunction is granted on a nationwide basis and prohibits the enforcement of Section 2 of Presidential Proclamation 9645 in all places."

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